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Special Cover on Golden Jubilee of Bishop Heber College – 24th June 2016.

Bishop Heber College is a religious minority educational institution established by the Tiruchirappalli - Thanjavur Diocese of the Church of South India in Tiruchirappalli. Bishop Heber College traces its origin back to Christian Frederick Schwartz, the first German missionary, supported by the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (S.P.C.K) in South India. He built a school near the Rock Fort in Tiruchirappalli in 1762. The School was vested in the S.P.C.K, and subsequently handed over to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (S.P.G) in 1825. Later the School was renamed Heber Memorial School. The Heber Memorial School became a full-fledged high school in 1864. In 1873 the School was raised to a Second Grade College and in 1882 it became a First Grade College. It was then known as S.P.G College. It was the first college to be established in Tiruchirappalli. The College came to be known as Bishop Heber College in the late 1920's. The Lindsay Commission on Christian Higher Education in India recommended the merger of the Bishop Heber College with the Madras Christian College. Accordingly, Bishop Heber College was closed in 1934. The Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Doraisawmy, Bishop of Tiruchirappalli - Thanjavur Diocese made an effort to revive the College in 1964. He succeeded in reviving the College on 24th June 1966. The College functioned at Teppakulam in the old College Buildings from 1966 to 1968, having only Pre-University classes. In July 1968 the College was upgraded to the Degree Standard with three Degree Courses Viz. History, Economics and Mathematics and the Degree Classes were conducted at Puthur, where the College had acquired a site for its permanent buildings. For four years from 1968 to 1972, the College functioned in two places, the Pre-University Classes at Teppakulam and the Degree Classes at Puthur. The College now offers thirteen Under-Graduate, eighteen Post-Graduate and four Post-Graduate Diploma Programmes and three Diploma Programmes of study besides research programmes leading to M.Phil. and Ph.D. The College has already established a great reputation for its high academic standards and attracts students from all over India and abroad.

The college celebrated its ‘Golden Jubilee Revival Day’ on 24th June 2016. On the occasion a Special Cover was released by J. Charukesi, Postmaster General, Central Region, Tamil Nadu and it was received by Rev. G. Paul Vasanthakumar, Bishop, CSI, Tiruchi-Thanjavur Diocese and D. Paul Dhayabaran, Principal of the College (Special Cover approval no. TN/26/2016).

Special Cover on Golden Jubilee of Bishop Heber College

Special Cover on Golden Jubilee of Bishop Heber College

Cover Courtesy: Kasinath Rajasekaran, Thanjavur

Special Cover on Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore - 24th June 2016.

Coimbatore Medical College was established in 1966 after G D Naidu, a scientist of an industrial family of Coimbatore city who donated the 153 acres of land to the Tamil Nadu state government under the Chief Minister K. Kamaraj. This Esteemed institution has come up from a very humble beginning as a Municipal Hospital inaugurated by Lord Ampthill, the then governor of Madras Presidency on 14th July 1909.

The college has developed into a temple of knowledge with eminent teachers, quality infra structure and adequate clinical materials. Over the years, the college has stood the test of time and is progressing steadily by offering various undergraduate, post graduate super-specialty and paramedical courses that serves the poor, needy and meritorious students.

To commemorate Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Coimbatore Medical College a Special Cover was released by Tamilnadu State Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar in presence of State Municipal Administration Minister S.P. Velumani, Collector Archana Patnaik, Rajya Sabha MP A.K. Selvaraj and Ms. Sharda Sampath, Postmaster General, Western Region, Coimbatore on 24th June 2016. (Special Cover approval no. TN/27/2016).

Special Cover on Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore

Special Cover on Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore

Cover Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru

Special Cover on 15 years of Partnership of India Post and Western Union – 22nd June 2016.

The Western Union is a global leader in money transfer services. Western Union and India Post together enables consumers in remote parts of India to receive remittances seamlessly via Western Union services. The collaboration has resulted in fast, convenient and reliable financial access to people across India.

To commemorate 15 years of partnership between India Post and Western Union, the money transfers service provider a Special Cover was released at Thiruvananthapuram on 22nd June 2016 (Special Cover approval no. KL/13/2016).

Special Cover on 15 years of Partnership of India Post and Western Union

Cover Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru

Special Cover on Inauguration of New Rotary International District 3141 - 26th June 2016.

Today Rotary International continues to respond to the needs of an ever changing world, whilst retaining its strong founding principles. There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 34000 clubs doing good all over the world. This network of clubs makes up Rotary International.

In 1929 Rotary Club of Bombay was formed with 38 Charter Members with Sole Indian Rotarian Sir Phiroz Shetna, who served as District Governor in the year 1937-38. Rotary District 3140 is the largest district in the world and covers revenue districts of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai with 148 Clubs and about 7500 dedicated Rotarians. Effective from 1st July 2016, Rotary District 3140 bifurcated into Rotary District 3141 (Revenue District of Mumbai) and Rotary District 3142 (Revenue District of Thane, Navi Mumbai).

Rotary International has been involved in various social service activities like Arogya, a Diabetes Awareness and Control, Touching Little Hearts, a Paediatric Heart Surgeries program, Railway Stations’ Adoptions, Nityam, a program for providing Toilets for People, etc.

On the occasion of Inauguration of the New Rotary International District 3141 and installation of District Governor a Special Cover was released at Mumbai on 26th June, 2016. (Special Cover approval no. MH/22/2016).

Special Cover on Inauguration of New Rotary International District 3141

Courtesy: Jigar Desai, Mumbai | Viswas Menon, Madikeri

Picture Postcard on Pandharichi Waari Procession at Dive Ghat – 30th June 2016.

The Waari tradition dates back into times. Saint Dnyaneshwar’s great grandfather – Trymbakpant Kulkarni – used to walk the WARI from his native Apegaon to Pandharpur. Saints Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Sawta Mali, Chokhoba and Tukaram used to participate in the WARI in their own life times. The tradition of the present ‘Palkhi Sohala’ (literally Waari of festivities) can be traced to the year 1685 around 36 years after Saint Tukaram attained divinity (1649).

On third day Pandharichi Waari had a halt at Pune. It will head towards Hadapsar on 1st July, 2016 and will reach Saswad via Dive Ghat. Dive Ghat, a long curvaceous ghat lies on the Pune-Saswad Road, around 10 km from Hadapsar. It is difficult to capture procession of Lacks of warkaaris (devotees) climbing the Dive Ghat towards Saswad. On third day of ‘Waari’, Picture Postcard depicting ‘Waari’ procession at Dive Ghat was released with Special Cancellation of Pune. Wari photographs clicked by photographer Sandesh Bhandare are featured on all the picture postcards. Another set of 5 postcards depicting images of postage stamps issued on ‘Sant Namdeo’, ‘Sant Eknath’, ‘Dnyaneshwari’, ‘Sant Tukaram’ and ‘Sant Dnyaneshwar’ is also available at Rs. 50 per set. Orders for Picture Postcards can also be placed at Pune Philatelic Bureau.

Waari at Dive Ghat

Picture Postcard depicting ‘Waari’ procession at Dive Ghat

Picture Postcard depicting ‘Waari’ procession at Dive Ghat

Picture Postcard depicting Saint Dnyaneshwar Postage Stamp

Waari Procession Photo Courtesy: Pritesh Kulkarni

Picture Postcard on Pandharichi Waari – 29th June 2016.

Considered to be one of the world’s largest pilgrimages, the annual Pandharichi Waari carrying Jnaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi (25km east of Pune), to Pandharpur Vithoba Temple is attended by millions of devotees every year. The waarkaris (devotees / pilgrims) from Alandi follow the palanquin carrying the silver images of the Padukas (Sandals) of Saint Dnyaneshwar. Sant Dnyaneshwar, also known as Jnanadev or Jnaneshwar revolutionized Marathi bhakti literature and at the age of fifteen wrote Jnaneswari – a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita which has been a household text in Maharashtrian homes for centuries.

On 29th June Waari reached at Pune and will stay in the city on 30th June, 2016. The Waari will travel through Pune, Saswad, Jejuri, Vhalhe, Lonand, Taradgaon, Phaltan, Barad, Natepute, Malshiras, Velapur, Bhandishegaon, Vakhari to reach Pandharpur. Other palakhi starting near pune is – Saint Tukaram Maharaj Palakhi, which starts from Dehu (near Pune) through Akurdi, Pune, Loni Kalbhor, Yavat, Varvand, Baramati, Sansar, Lasurne, Nimgaon Ketaki, Indapur, Sarati, Akaluj, Borgaon, Pirachi Kuroli, Vakhari to Pandharpur. Both the Palakhi merge together in Vakhari, just prior to Pandharpur.

Waarkari’s mostly dressed in dothi/kurta or women in sari, playing Taal, Mridang, Veena (Indian musical instruments), and singing songs, called as Abhang’s of the Saints keep walking with an eagerness to Lord see Vitthala in Pandarpur. The atmosphere of Waari teaches unity by bringing people having different economic status, casts, education, etc. together, with a common goal of reaching the almighty – Vitthala.

On second day of ‘Waari’ a Picture Postcard depicting Alandi temple with special cancellation of Pune was released.

Pandharichi Waari

Picture Postcard depicting Alandi temple with special cancellation of Pune

Picture Postcard depicting Alandi temple with special cancellation of Pune

Pandharichi Waari Mobile Post Office, new attraction in Pandharichi Wari procession – 28th June 2016.

Alandi a small city, 25 km from Pune is popularly known for the Samadhi Mandir of Saint Dnyaneshwar. Saint Dynaneshwar is said to have stayed in Alandi for some time of his 21-year short life. After translating the Bhagavad Gita into Marathi he attained Samadhi here at the age of 21. During the Pandharpur Pilgrimage a procession known as ‘Pandharichi Waari’ that carries symbolic sandals of Dnyaneshwar on a Palkhi starts from Alandi to reach Pandharpur on Ashadhi Ekadashi.

On the occasion of Pandharichi Waari, ‘Pandharichi Waari Mobile Post Office’ housed in a Mail Motor Service Van of Department of Posts was flagged off by Shri Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar, Postmaster General, Pune Region on 28th June 2016. Under the initiative of Pune Postal region, the Mobile Post Office will provide communication service to the Warkaris and their families from 28th June to 15th July 2016.

Pandharichi Waari Mobile Post Office

Pandharichi Waari Mobile Post Office

Pandharichi Waari Mobile Post Office

Pandharichi Waari Mobile Post Office

On the first day of Waari, a Picture Postcard depicting face of Saint Dnyaneswar at Alandi Temple with the Special Cancellation of Mobile Post Office at Alandi Devachi was also released. Address side of the postcard depicts route of Pandharichi Waari from Alandi to Pandharpur including places of halts. Speed Post articles were also booked at the Mobile Post Office.

Picture Postcard depicting face of Saint Dnyaneswar at Alandi Temple

Picture Postcard depicting face of Saint Dnyaneswar at Alandi Temple

Picture Postcard depicting face of Saint Dnyaneswar at Alandi Temple

Next halt of the 'Waari' would be at Pune on 29th and 30th June at Palkhi Vithoba Mandir, Bhavani Peth Pune. During these two days 'Waarkari' (devotees) can avail 'My Stamp' facility at this location also. 'My Stamp' facility can also be availed through Mobile Post Office.

Pandharichi Wari Mobile Post Office to be flagged off on 28th June 2016.

Vitthal temple of Pandharpur is the main centre of worship for Vitthala or Vithoba, believed to be a form of Lord Krishna or Vishnu and Pandharichi Wari is an annual pilgrimage to pay tributes to Lord Viththala in Pandharpur. The word ‘Wari’ in Marathi literally means ‘to visit at regular intervals’. This Wari is held during the months of June and July, starting on Jyeshta Vada Ashtami from Alandi and culminates at Pandharpur a distance of more than 205 Kms, on Ashadhi Ekadashi, the 11th day of Ashadha. Waarkaris' (Devotees) start their journey by foot carrying the palkhis (palanquin processions) carrying the paduka (foot prints) of famous saints of Maharashtra, most notably Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram. This tradition is more than 700 to 800 years old.

This annual pilgrimage has an important socio-cultural significance and to facilitate the communication service amongst the Waarkari, Pune Postal Region for the first time has taken up an initiative of introducing a unique Pandarchi Waari Mobile Post Office from 28th June 2016 to 16th July 2016. The Pandharichi Waari Mobile Post Office housed in a Mail Motor Service Van of Department of Posts will accompany the Wari from Alandi Devachi Post Office from 28th June and will reach Pandharpur on 15th July 2016.

Postal facilities viz. sale of postage stamps, mailing of ordinary letters, Registration, Speed Post booking, Money Order Service (Devotees can also receive payment of Money Order by producing identity proof), My Stamp facility etc. will be made available in Mobile Post Office. Benefits of various Govt. Schemes will also be explained at Mobile Post Office. The Mobile Post Office will halt al all the scheduled halts listed in the 'Waari Palkhi Sohala'.

On this occasion a set of 15 postcards specially printed with photographs capturing various memorable moments of Wari will be available for sale at the Mobile Post Office. The cost of the set of 15 postcards is Rs. 110. Postcards can also be mailed through Mobile Post Office by affixing Rs. 6 Postage Stamp. Another set of 5 postcards depicting images of postage stamps issued on ‘Sant Namdeo’, ‘Sant Eknath’, ‘Dnyaneshwari’, ‘Sant Tukaram’ and ‘Sant Dnyaneshwar’ will also be made available at Rs. 50 per set of 5 postcards. All these saints and the Dnyaneshwari are revered by the warkaris. Special Cancellation for each day of eighteen-day pilgrimage depicting the 'Sprit of Wari' will be made available at the Mobile Post Office. This is the first time that such mobile post office is accompanying the pilgrimage.

Pandharichi Wari Mobile Post Office to be flagged off on 28th June 2016

Special Cover on Seth Shankardan Nahata – 28th June 2016.

Bikaner is blessed to have many generous entrepreneurs and social transformers. The Nahata family of Bikaner is known for generosity and human values. Shri Shankardan Nahata (b. 1874 - d. 1942) was multi-talented orator, diligent entrepreneur, philanthropist and social leader. He was one of the architects of Sri Jain Pathshala Sabha, which was started in 1907.

A Special Cover on Seth Shri Shankardan Nahata was released jointly by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, M.P., Shri Giriraj Meena, I. G. Police and Shri S. S. Shekhawat, Superintendent of Post Offices at a function held at Bikaner on 28th June 2016.

Special Cover on Seth Shankardan Nah

Special Cover on Seth Shankardan Nah

Courtesy: Sudhir Jain, Satna

Picture Postcards on Surya Namasakar and two Information Booklet on Yoga released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle.

A set of 12 picture postcards showing 12 postures of Surya Namaskar has been released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle. Back side of the cards shows the steps to be followed to perform Surya Namaskar. Set of 12 picture postcards is priced at Rs. 250 and available in all philatelic bureaux in Andhra Pradesh. Quantity Printed: 500 nos.

Set of 12 Surya Namaskar Picture Postcards released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle

Set of 12 Surya Namaskar Picture Postcards released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle

Set of 12 Surya Namaskar Picture Postcards released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle

Two information booklets on Yoga have also been released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle. The booklets gives a brief description on the various Yoga postures which are depicted in the stamps. Information on asanas of Surya Namaskar along with Mantra for the respective posture is given. One book contains 4 commemorative stamps issued on Yoga in 1991, one stamp issued in 2015 and set of 12 stamps on Surya Namaskar issued on 20th June 2016. The booklet is priced at Rs. 800. Similar information booklet without set of 4 stamps issued in 1991 is priced at Rs. 500.

Information Book on Yoga released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle

Information Book on Yoga released by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle

Courtesy: Sagi Srinivas Raju, Hyderabad

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